It has been 10 years since Congress raised the minimum wage. That’s the longest period in history – since it was implemented in 1938 – without an increase. Millions of Americans across the country are still struggling to get by on $7.25 an hour; not to mention tipped workers trying to make it on just $2.13 an hour. The first step in changing this could happen as early as next week when the Raise the Wage Act goes to the House floor for a vote. But before that happens, we need a few more supporters and you can help!
To get this bill across the finish line this month, you need to call your Representative today! Let them know you support the Raise the Wage Act. All you have to say is the following:
“Hi, my name is [NAME], and I am calling from [CITY, STATE]. Working families across the country are struggling to get by on $7.25 an hour. I am asking you to vote YES on the Raise the Wage Act and vote against any amendments that would weaken the bill. Thank you.”
It’s that easy! We are so close to getting this bill passed and your call could be the one that makes the difference. Take action today!
Earlier this week, the Congressional Budget Office released a report assessing the economic impact of a $15 minimum wage and found that the benefits far exceed the costs. The CBO report finds that a minimum wage of $15 by 2025 would benefit 27.3 million workers in low-wage industries, would reduce inequality, and would reduce the number of people living in poverty by 1.3 million. For families living on the edge of poverty, this raise will make all the difference in the world!
Not only would we see these benefits with the passage of the Raise the Wage Act, but it ties the minimum wage to median wages so no one gets left behind by Congressional inaction again. It also gets rid of the discriminatory tipped minimum wage that leaves millions of people, mostly women and people of color, vulnerable to harassment because they depend on tips to get by.
It has been too long since working people have received a raise so TAKE ACTION TODAY and make sure Congress passes the Raise the Wage Act.